WE ARE ON THE NET. [lv Latvia]

 — Latvian exhibition. Works from RIXC.LV server archive :: until December 19, 2010 :: Riga, Latvia.

WE ARE ON THE NET _ for the first time has gathered and exhibited the early Internet art works created by nowadays well known Latvian artists. The exhibited art works are a part of Latvian Electronic Arts Archive developed by RIXC with the support of Latvian Ministry of Culture. The Archive is developed on a base of the content of RIXC.LV (former server that has hosted and maintained these early projects since 1997.

WE ARE ON THE NET _ displays a part of the collected and reconstructed art works created between the mid 1990s until the beginning of the 21st century. ‘Reconstruction’ in this exhibition also means adjusting earlier artworks to contemporary technological standards, while maintaining their visual appearance and restoring their functionality.

WE ARE ON THE NET _ features works by Latvian artists Rasa Smite, Raitis Smits, Martins Ratniks, Janis Garancs, Kristine Kursisa, Miks Mitrevics, Girts Korps, Arvids Alksnis, Reinis Petersons, Janis Avotins, Oskars Poikans, Peteris Kimelis and others.

Conceptual background:

By curators Raitis Smits and Rasa Smite.

The Internet developed rapidly in the mid 1990s providing not only new technical possibilities for creating artworks but also facilitating new forms of self-expression and established preconditions for creation of conceptually new space. Virtuality and immateriality of the electronic world first and foremost inspired and united artists for whom it was not so important to produce things but to make connections.

With an idea of free flowing concepts, collaboratively created content, free floating locations, the electronic arts laboratory E-Lab (now RIXC) and its server (, were established in Riga, Latvia, in 1996. The most active artists, DJs and musicians, poets and other creative minded people from younger generation at that time gathered around E-Lab interested to explore the new medium – the Internet. Along projects produced by E-Lab, since 1997 server also hosts works and creative net projects produced by other Latvian artists.

In a way new media works have realised the old avant-gardist vision of immateriality. Nevertheless the Internet has most probably made it even harder to store these works, if compared with contemporary art installations or video art. One of the main challenges is the rapid development of digital technologies and thus accordingly – ageing of previous technologies which endanger existence and maintenance of electronic art works in longer periods of time.

Furthermore is often created in collective experiments considering the process of creation as the most important part and giving the result little attention. Therefore this exhibition poses challenges on how to display the process of creation or happening as well as the social context of archived art works and how to transform online art works into exhibition format.

Exhibition info:

Exhibition open November 5 – December 19, 2010.
kim? / RIXC gallery, Spikeri (Maskavas Street 12/1), Riga, Latvia.
Entrance free.

Opening hours: Mon., Tue: closed, Wed.: 14:00 – 19:00, Thu.: 14:00 – 20:00, Fri.: 14:00 – 19:00, Sat., Sun.: 12:00 – 17:00

Curators: Raitis Smits, Rasa Smite
Scenography: Rudolf Bekic, Raitis Smits
Design: Martins Ratniks
Technical solutions: Davis Bojars, Raitis Smits
Producers’ team: RIXC – Rasa Smite, Raitis Smits, Daina Silina, Agnese Baranova, Linda Vebere
Exhibition is produced by RIXC, the Centre for New Media Culture in cooperation with Contemporary Arts Project kim?

The exhibition takes place in the framework of RIXC’s project ‘Latvian electronic art archive and public accessibility’ supported by Ministry of Culture in Latvia. The research on Latvian works and networked projects that forms the bases of exhibition, is a part of scientific research project “Electronic arts archiving” in Art Research Lab ( of Liepaja University. The research is also a part of PhD thesis by Raitis Smits ‘Maintenance and representation problematic of new media art’ (at the Latvian Academy of Arts) and PhD thesis by Rasa Smite ‘Creative Network Commnities’ (at Riga Stradins University).

Catalog info:

Editors: Raitis Smits, Rasa Smite
Design: Martins Ratniks
Publisher: RIXC, the Centre for New Media Culture in Riga, 2010
Languages: Latvian and English, 72 pages
ISBN 9984-9538-9-0


Ministry of Culture in Latvia, State Cultural Capital Foundation in Latvia, EEA Financial Mechanism, Norwegian Financial Mechanism, Department of Visual Communication in Art Academy of Latvia

Media support: ir, ? Satori,,, Another Travel Guide, Maksla Plus, Live Riga


Inke Arns (for the inspiration while curating the exhibition in Dortmund); to all who have participated in E-LAB, Ozone and RIXC projects; and who have helped with producing exhibition: Laila Baumane, Aldis Bondars, Juris Smirnovs, Ojars Petersons, Mikelis Putrams.


RIXC, the Centre for New Media Culture
11. Novembra krastmala 35-201, Riga, LV-1050, Latvia
E-mail: <2010 (at)>
Ph: +371 67228478 (office)
Raitis Smits , +371 29401004
Rasa Smite , +371 26546776

Dec 13, 13:54
Trackback URL

Leave a comment


calls + opps performance livestage exhibition installation networked mobile writings participatory locative media augmented/mixed reality event new media video interactive public net art conference virtual intervention distributed second life sound political technology narrative festival tactical lecture art + science conversation social networks social games history surveillance dance music workshop urban mapping collaboration live upgrade! reblog activist wearable immersive public/private data architecture platform body collective aesthetics environment systems city identity film visualization culture telematic wireless web 2.0 site-specific ecology place webcast open source tool software text research intermedia space community audio radio nature hybrid 3-D avatar e-literature audio/visual responsive presence pyschogeography interdisciplinary media object interview physical global/ization ubiquitous theory theater biotechnology relational play code archive bioart generative news DIY robotic light place-specific hacktivism synthetic p2p cinema remix education agency interface language im/material live cinema algorithmic labor copyright simulation mashup animation perception image free/libre software multimedia artificial motion tracking voice convergence streaming reenactment gift economy machinima emergence webcam cyberreality glitch DJ/VJ tv censorship ARG nonlinear tag transdisciplinary touch recycle asynchronous fabbing semantic web hypermedia chance synesthesia biopolitics tangible app social choreography gesture unconference forking 1
1 3-D activist aesthetics agency algorithmic animation app architecture archive ARG art + science artificial asynchronous audio audio/visual augmented/mixed reality avatar bioart biopolitics biotechnology body calls + opps censorship chance cinema city code collaboration collective community conference convergence conversation copyright culture cyberreality dance data distributed DIY DJ/VJ e-literature ecology education emergence environment event exhibition fabbing festival film forking free/libre software games generative gesture gift economy glitch global/ization hacktivism history hybrid hypermedia identity im/material image immersive installation interactive interdisciplinary interface intermedia intervention interview labor language lecture light live live cinema livestage locative media machinima mapping mashup media mobile motion tracking multimedia music narrative nature net art networked new media news nonlinear object open source p2p participatory perception performance physical place place-specific platform play political presence public public/private pyschogeography radio reblog recycle reenactment relational remix research responsive robotic second life semantic web simulation site-specific social social choreography social networks software sound space streaming surveillance synesthesia synthetic systems tactical tag tangible technology telematic text theater theory tool touch transdisciplinary tv ubiquitous unconference upgrade! urban video virtual visualization voice wearable web 2.0 webcam webcast wireless workshop writings



Nov | Oct | Sep | Aug | Jul
Jun | May | Apr | Mar | Feb | Jan


Dec | Nov | Oct | Sep | Aug | Jul
Jun | May | Apr | Mar | Feb | Jan


Dec | Nov | Oct | Sep | Aug | Jul
Jun | May | Apr | Mar | Feb | Jan


Dec | Nov | Oct | Sep | Aug | Jul
Jun | May | Apr | Mar | Feb | Jan


Dec | Nov | Oct | Sep | Aug | Jul
Jun | May | Apr | Mar | Feb | Jan


Dec | Nov | Oct | Sep | Aug | Jul
Jun | May | Apr | Mar | Feb | Jan


Dec | Nov | Oct | Sep | Aug | Jul
Jun | May | Apr | Mar | Feb | Jan


Dec | Nov | Oct | Sep | Aug | Jul
Jun | May | Apr | Mar | Feb | Jan


Dec | Nov | Oct | Sep | Aug | Jul
Jun | May | Apr | Mar | Feb | Jan


Dec | Nov | Oct | Sep | Aug | Jul
Jun | May | Apr | Mar | Feb | Jan


Dec | Nov | Oct | Sep | Aug | Jul
Jun | May | Apr | Mar | Feb | Jan


Dec | Nov | Oct | Sep | Aug | Jul
Jun | May | Apr | Mar | Feb | Jan


Dec | Nov | Oct | Sep | Aug | Jul
Jun | May | Apr | Mar | Feb | Jan


Dec | Nov | Oct | Sep | Aug | Jul
Jun | May | Apr | Mar | Feb | Jan


Dec | Nov | Oct | Sep | Aug | Jul
Jun | May | Apr | Mar | Feb | Jan


Dec | Nov | Oct | Sep | Aug | Jul

What is this?

Networked Performance (N_P) is a research blog that focuses on emerging network-enabled practice.

RSS feeds

N_P offers several RSS feeds, either for specific tags or for all the posts. Click the top left RSS icon that appears on each page for its respective feed. What is an RSS feed?



New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc.
New American Radio
Upgrade! Boston
Massachusetts Cultural Council
New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency
Thinking Blogger Award

Turbulence Works

These are some of the latest works commissioned by's net art commission program.
[ openspace ] wilderness [] A More Subtle Perplex A Temporary Memorial Project for Jobbers' Canyon Built with ConAgra Products A Travel Guide A.B.S.M.L. Ars Virtua Artist-in-Residence (AVAIR) (2007) Awkward_NYC besides, Bonding Energy Bronx Rhymes Cell Tagging Channel TWo: NY Condition:Used Constellation Over Playas Data Diaries Domain of Mount GreylockVideo Portal Eclipse Empire State Endgame: A Cold War Love Story Flight Lines From the Valley of the Deer FUJI spaces and other places Global Direct Google Variations Gothamberg Grafik Dynamo Grow Old Handheld Histories as Hyper-Monuments html_butoh I am unable to tell you I'm Not Stalking You; I'm Socializing iLib Shakespeare (the perturbed sonnet project) INTERP Invisible Influenced iPak - 10,000 songs, 10,000 images, 10,000 abuses iSkyTV Journal of Journal Performance Studies Killbox L-Carrier Les Belles Infidles look art Lumens My Beating Blog MYPOCKET No Time Machine Nothing Happens: a performance in three acts Nothing You Have Done Deserves Such Praise Oil Standard Panemoticon Peripheral n2: KEYBOARD Playing Duchamp Plazaville Psychographics: Consumer Survey Recollecting Adams School of Perpetual Training Searching for Michelle/SFM Self-Portrait Shadow Play: Tales of Urbanization of China ShiftSpace Commissions Program Social Relay Mail Space Video Spectral Quartet Superfund365, A Site-A-Day text_ocean The Xanadu Hijack This and that thought. Touching Gravity 2/Tilt Tumbarumba Tweet 4 Action Urban Attractors and Private Distractors We Ping Good Things To Life Wikireuse Without A Trace WoodEar Word Market You Don't Know Me
More commissions